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Ben Kessler, Director of NSD Public Forum

Ben Kessler debated for Stuyvesant High School for 4 years, where he was the Public Forum Captain. Over this time, Ben was among the top 5 speakers at the New York City Invitational, Columbia Invitational, Crestian Tradition Tournament, and the Scarsdale Invitational. In his senior year, Ben finished ranked 2nd in the country and earned 11 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where he semifinaled. Ben also championed the Blake Tournament, the George Mason Invitational, the Columbia Invitational, and the NCFL Grandnational Championship. Since graduating, Ben has coached teams from Hunter High School in New York. His teams have cumulatively amassed 16 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where 2 of his teams have advanced to the octafinal round. His teams have also championed the New York City Invitational, Columbia Invitational, Princeton Invitational, and Villiger Invitational. 

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Zachary Ginsberg, Senior Instructor

Zachary Ginsberg debated for four years at Stuyvesant High School, serving as the president of the team in his senior year. He has earned a total of 13 bids to the Tournament of Champions over the course of his career and is currently ranked 4th in the nation. Zach has reached finals at the Scarsdale Invitational, and he has reached semifinals at Blake, GMU, Ridge, Bronx, Glenbrooks, and Princeton. Additionally, he has been among the top five speakers at Bronx, Harvard, and Columbia. Zach is excited to teach at NSD!

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Caroline Wohl, Senior Instructor

Caroline Wohl competed for Summit High School in New Jersey, graduating in 2016. At Summit, Caroline qualified to the TOC in both her Junior and Senior year, the first Summit team to do so. While competing, she reached elimination rounds at Yale, Bronx, Princeton, Laird, Lexington, Harvard, TOC, and Nationals, earning 5 career bids. In addition, Caroline earned numerous speaker awards, including top 10 at Yale, Bronx, Princeton, and Laird. Her senior year, Caroline was ranked in the top 50 nationally. Caroline now studies Political Economics at Georgetown University.




Asher Spector

Asher Spector has debated Public Forum for four years at Horace Mann high school in the Bronx and is currently the president of his team.  His junior year, Asher earned two bids to the tournament of champions at the Lexington and Bronx Science tournaments and placed 6th overall at the NSDA national tournament. So far in his senior year, Asher has received another four bids to the TOC and reached late elimination rounds at the Blake, Lexington, Bronx Science, and Yale tournaments. He has also won top 10 speaker awards at Princeton, Lexington, and the New York City Invitational. Additionally, Asher’s novices recently championed the 2016 Ridge Novice Invitational. He’s looking forward to teaching at NSD this summer!